Source: Emergency WA

Bushfire Watch and Act - in an area bound by Williams-Kondinin Road to the north, Tincurrin Road to the east, Borgas Road to the west and Highbury East Road to the south in the SHIRES OF NARROGIN and WICKEPIN. This includes parts of BOUNDAIN, YILLIMINNING, MALYALLING, NOMANS LAKE, WARDERING, TOOLIBIN, HARRISMITH, TINCURRIN, WOGOLIN, EAST WICKEPIN
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note that Wickepin town site is no longer included in the Watch and Act area. The fire is stationary, and firefighters are working to establish containment lines. However, it is still not safe to return home due to forecast weather conditions.

Time of issue: 09:05 AM
Date of issue: 08 February 2022

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the SHIRES OF NARROGIN and WICKEPIN. This includes parts of BOUNDAIN, YILLIMINNING, MALYALLING, NOMANS LAKE, WARDERING, TOOLIBIN, HARRISMITH, TINCURRIN, WOGOLIN, EAST WICKEPIN

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in an area bound by Williams-Kondinin Road to the north, Tincurrin Road to the east, Borgas Road to the west and Highbury East Road to the south in the SHIRES OF NARROGIN and WICKEPIN. This includes parts of BOUNDAIN, YILLIMINNING, MALYALLING, NOMANS LAKE, WARDERING, TOOLIBIN, HARRISMITH, TINCURRIN, WOGOLIN, EAST WICKEPIN.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

The fire started near the intersection of WILLIAMS-KONDININ RD and ARMSTRONG RD in WARDERING.

WHAT TO DO

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

Keep doors and windows closed and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Bushfire ADVICE for an area west of Rabbit Proof Fence Road in parts of WICKEPIN, JITARNING, DUDININ, NORTH MOULYINNING and NORTH KUKERIN in the SHIRES OF KULIN, DUMBLEYUNG and WICKEPIN.

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people in an area west of the Rabbit Proof Fence and bounded by Inkiepinkie Road to the north, Rabbit Proof Fence to the east, Dwelyerdine Road and Highbury Road East to the south and Jamieson Road and Manning Road to the west in parts of WICKEPIN, JITARNING, DUDININ, NORTH MOULYINNING and NORTH KUKERIN in the SHIRES OF KULIN, DUMBLEYUNG and WICKEPIN.

There is no threat to lives or homes.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire started near the intersection of WILLIAMS-KONDININ RD and ARMSTRONG RD in WARDERING.

WHAT TO DO

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.

Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

Read through your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation gets worse. You can make a plan by visiting My Bushfire Plan.

If driving

Be extremely careful when driving through the area.

Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.

Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.

If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Bushfire ALL CLEAR for parts of HARRISMITH, DUDININ, WOGOLIN and JITARNING in the SHIRES OF KULIN, NARROGIN, WICKEPIN, CUBALLING, DUMBLEYUNG, WAGIN

An ALL CLEAR advice is in place for people east of the Rabbit Proof Fence in parts of HARRISMITH, DUDININ, WOGOLIN and JITARNING in the SHIRES OF KULIN, NARROGIN, WICKEPIN, CUBALLING, DUMBLEYUNG, WAGIN.

The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO

Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

COVID-19

If you are in lockdown or any form of isolation or quarantine for COVID-19, you must do whatever you need to protect your life.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and have been advised to leave the area:

Find suitable alternative premises and wear a mask. Those in the affected area are permitted to go to suitable alternative premises without putting others at risk.

Alternative suitable premises may include a friend or relative's house, provided they have their own bedroom, preferably own bathroom, and there are not too many people in the house.

If you cannot return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR

The bushfire is stationary.

It is not contained or controlled.

SAFER PLACE

The Pingelly Evacuation Centre is now closed. Anyone requiring immediate welfare assistance should contact Communities Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965.

SAFEST ROUTE

For people in Wickepin townsite, it is safe to leave on Wickepin Pingelly Road.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:

Yilliminning Road is closed from McDougalls Road Narrogin to Line Road in Toolibin

Toolibin Road north and Wickepin-Harrismith Road is closed to westbound traffic

Wickepin-Harrismith Road is closed to southbound traffic from the town of Wickepin to Toolibin Road north

Armstrong Road is closed southbound from Williams-Kondinin Road southbound

Lang Road is closed southbound from Williams-Kondinin Road

Watt Road is closed southbound from Williams-Kondinin Road

The following road is now open:

Narrogin-Wickepin Rd (Williams Kondinin Road) from Narrogin to Wickepin

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke. Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting the Main Roads Travel Map, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

WATER

Water Corporation is asking customers in the Upper Great Southern to restrict their water use following extensive fire damage to the water supply pipe between Wickepin and Dumbleyung.

Damage assessments are under way and repair work will commence when crews are permitted access to the fire-affected area.

In the interim, to help manage supply, customers in the following communities are asked to limit water use to essential purposes, such as drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and sustaining livestock:

Dumbleyung;

Kukerin;

Tincurrin;

Dongolocking;

Collanilling; and

Wickepin.

Customers may also experience low water pressure and intermittent supply interruptions while contingency supply arrangements are in place.

In addition, farmlands customers in the affected area are expected to be without their non-potable scheme water supply until next week (14 February 2022) at the earliest.

Given the significant fire damage, repairs are expected to take some time, so the affected farmlands customers are advised to make contingency water supply arrangements.

Further updates will be provided, as contingency measures are confirmed, and any customer with special water needs should call Water Corporation's 24/7 Operations Centre on 13 13 75.

SCHOOLS

The Department of Education advises that the following schools will re-open on Tuesday 8 February 2022:

Kondinin Primary School

Wickepin Primary School

For more information contact your school directly or visit the Department of Education.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Owners or carers of livestock, pets and companion animals should activate their own animal welfare plan. During a bushfire take advice from Local Government Authorities to protect the lives of your animals while keeping yourself safe.

For more information on actions to take for each bushfire warning level, please see the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, strengthening containment lines.

30 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are attending.

Private land holders are also assisting.

DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT

Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.

EXTRA INFORMATION

The fire was reported at 10:32 AM on 6 February 2022.

Currently there has been 17, 947 hectares burnt.

DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Visit Emergency WA, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter, Facebook, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.

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